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Burning Issue - the world's first magazine for Money Burners and other Destroyers of Currency

From: For months I've flicked through this publication, loving the pictures, and reading the odd bit. So I only just finished reading the whole thing. This is an idler's read, in the best sense - that reading it is to be taken slowly, for pleasure, both to appreciate the artwork and the humour and also to dive deep into the so-called 'think pieces'. The mag opens with an advert for a very expensive bottle of whisky. From Jura, of course! And 23 years old! Then a summation of how much money has so far been burned, as far as the editors can tell: £7,254,885 at time of going to press. Then there's the record of all known money burns - this includes the US retreat from Saigon burn of a million bucks, and a curious bit of Nigerian money sorcery that cost the client £1.5m in burned notes. That's before we get to the KLF - we have a historical arc here, and the KLF were doing something new. With an account of the 23-years-after pub

Poems and stories by WriteOutLoud's Poet of the Week - Hubert Tsarko / John Short

I've reviewed some of my friend John Short's (aka Hubert Tsarko's ) work before on here, so I'm delighted he's been declared Poet of the Week by WriteOutLoud . Who have some pretty good stuff on their pages. You can read some poems from when he was Poet of the Week here . On the 15th December, five of John's poems will be published in issue 36 of The Blue Nib  . What's more, Stepaway Magazine , in which he's been published, even recommended him for the prestigious Pushcart literary prize . John has also been writing short stories for as long as I've known him. We go back to the Leeds magical scene in the late 1970s, and I travelled with him in the 80s. He has distilled some strange essences of untoward lives in rural France and Spain in forthcoming collection The Private Unmentionable Gargoyle . This is la vie routiĆ©re with its drinking, its loves and its bizarre friendships born out of the economic necessities of following the next job. In some